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Cascade Geographic Society's
Mount Hood Festivals & Events
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Cascade Geographic Society’s


Year 2010 Mount Hood Festivals & Events



2nd Annual

Mount Hood Ghost Conference

{featured in conjunction with Trails End Paranormal Society]


  (Friday) April 23rd, 2010 ~

“Ghost Stories From Mount Hood’s Haunted Landscapes” --- 5:30 p.m. to 6:30

p.m. [free]  

(Saturday) April 24th, 2010 ---

“Paranormal Workshops, Speakers, Specialty Booths, Food, & More” --- 10 a.m.

to 6 p.m. [free]

“Ghost Stories From Mount Hood’s Haunted Landscapes” --- 5:30 p.m. to 6:30

p.m. [free] 

“Paranormal Investigation of Mount Hood’s Haunted Village” --- 7 p.m. to 10

p.m. [fee required]

  (Sunday) April 25th, 2010 ---

“Paranormal Workshops, Speakers, Specialty Booths, Food, & More” --- 10 a.m.

to 4 p.m. [free]

at Mt. Hood Village

65000 East U.S. Highway 26

between the historic Villages of Welches & Brightwood, Oregon


    The paranormal, history, folklore, and science blends together in this

very unique Spring conference that is suitable for the entire family.  This

is the only gathering of this sort reportedly ever known to take place on

Mount Hood and this should prove to be both an educational and entertaining

experience.  This conference features speakers on the paranormal and

investigations about a variety of sites said to be haunted, and this

includes the Shanghai Tunnels, and will also focus on the use of sensitives

or psychics in investigations, ghost hunting on the cheap, and what

Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) reveals, including updates on Cascade

Geographic Society’s “Project Ghost”.  There will be workshops on

investigative tools and tactics, the beneficial uses of “Ghost Boxes” in

investigations, a “Ghost Photo Debate:  Real or Not?” and a whole lot more,

including historic cemetery preservation, maintenance, safety, research, and

investigation.  Booths will feature specialty items relating to ghosts and

ghost hunting, and much more, such as exhibits on selective investigations

and equipment that can be used n proving that a site is haunted.  There will

be a free storytelling program on both Friday and Saturday evenings that

will feature ghost stories from Mount Hood’s haunted landscapes, and there

will even be a paranormal investigation of a haunted pioneer village on

Saturday night.  And, reaching back into our frontier past, Buffalo Chili

and pioneer biscuits with huckleberry jam will be available for purchase

throughout the conference, beginning at 11 a.m., which should help

complement the early Spring weather.  In addition, a light breakfast

consisting of pastries and huckleberry coffee will also be on sale in the

early morning hours of ³Mount Hood Ghost Conference².






13th Annual

 Mount Hood Oregon Trail Quilt Show:  Past & Present

(A heritage Exhibition &  Music Jamboree)


(Saturday) July 17th, 2010 ~ Noon to 5 p.m. &

(Sunday) July 18th, 2010 ~ Noon to 5 p.m.

   at the “Oregon Country Settlement” (a living history village)

73370 East Buggy Trail Drive in the historic Village of Rhododendron

[located behind the Still Creek Inn]

No Admission!  Free Parking!


    The heritage of our quilting traditions is celebrated in this two-day

event.  Held in the Village of Rhododendron during the month of July, this

special event brings together heritage quilts of the past -- such as those

dating back to the days of the Oregon Trail, hand-sewn by those who made the

2,000-plus mile journey westward -- with the artistic quilts of contemporary

times.  Besides quilts there will be arts and crafts on sale, Huckleberry

jam and other wildberry goodies, historical and Nature books, and unique

Oregon Trail walking sticks, plus storytelling.  On Saturday and Sunday

musicians from several genres will be performing.






8th Annual

Living History Village


(Saturday) August 7th, 2010 ~ Noon to 5 p.m. &

(Sunday) August 8th, 2010 ~ Noon to 5 p.m.

   at the “Oregon Country Settlement” (a living history village)

73370 East Buggy Trail Drive in the historic Village of Rhododendron

[located behind the Still Creek Inn]

No Admission!  Free Parking!


        Take a journey back into time with Cascade Geographic Society in

their special living history village known as the “Oregon Country

Settlement”.  Here, on beautiful Mount Hood and located along the Oregon

Trail, the sights, sounds, and smells of frontier life can be revisited once

more as interpreters in period clothing takes you on a unique journey of

history and wonderment.  Amongst this cluster of protected historic

buildings and wilderness shelters, the 1840’s is alive and well.  View life

as it once was as you visit the “Wilderness House”, the “Trading Post”, the

“Blacksmith Shop”, the “Wash House”, the “Spirits House”, the “Parlor”, the

“Community House” (school and church), the ,”Cook’s Shack”, the “Pantry

Building”, the “Mess Hall”, the “Carpenter’s Shop”, the “Stables”, the

“Hermit’s Shack”, the “Tyee Bear Lodge”, the “Smoke House”, the “Bell

Tower”, the “Native American Storytelling Lodge”, and other unique

structures.  Purchase pioneer foods like Oregon Trail Buffalo Stew and

Frontier Biscuits, fire-brewed Barlow Trail Coffee, and hot Mount Hood Apple

Cider, listen to great old-time music and storytelling, try your skill at

throwing knives and tomahawks, and take advantage of our gift shop where

Huckleberry Jam and other goodies awaits you along with history and nature

books, nickel postcards, and a whole lot more.  A great family experience!






26th Annual

Mount Hood Huckleberry Festival & Barlow Trail Days


 August 27th, 2010 (Friday) --- 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ~

  (plus a special ³Huckleberry Friday Evening Concert² --- 7 p.m. to 10


& August 28th, 2010 (Saturday) --- 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ~

  (plus a special ³Huckleberry Saturday Evening Concert² --- 7 p.m. to 10


 & August 29th, 2010 (Sunday) --- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ~

Mt. Hood Village, 65000 East U.S. Highway 26,

[near the historic Villages of Welches and Brightwood, Oregon]

No Admission!  Free Parking!


    1840’s Oregon Trail emigrant Samuel Welch founded the Village of Welches

in the western foothills of Mount Hood in 1880.  By 1890 he had modified his

two-story farmhouse into a hotel to go along with the campground he had

built two years earlier.  To celebrate, he decided to hold an annual

festival to celebrate  the birth of tourism on this Mountain that the Native

Americans called “Wy’East”.  This pioneer celebration survived up until the

realities of the Great Depression in the 1930’s forced it to come to an

abrupt halt.  Then 24 years ago the Cascade Geographic Society revived it

and started out with a table in a parking lot trying to get people to

remember this Mountain’s great heritage.  Today, we are celebrating our

Twenty-Second Anniversary. The festivities include free historical tours of

the Oregon Trail, original and traditional Folk music, arts and crafts,

antiques and collectables, historical and natural resource exhibits, and

more.  One of the highlights is the “World’s Record-Breaking Watermelon

Launch”  (Saturday afternoon), where catapults and other uniquely-designed

contraptions launch watermelons and other produce into outer space.  There

are lots of delicious Huckleberry Pies and Tarts, Huckleberry jams and

sauces and a selection of other Wild Berry jams,  even fresh Huckleberries.

There's a Native American Salmon bake, Native American storytelling, a

“Huckleberry Ceremony”, and much, much more including “Great Northwest

Music” featuring incredible singer-songwriters all day long, with a

“Huckleberry Friday Evening Concert” between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., a

“Huckleberry Saturday Evening Concert” between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. followed by

a “Huckleberry Jam (Session)” on between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.  There will be

something for the whole family!  This three-day event is always held during

the month of August the weekend before Labor Day Weekend.







19th Annual

Mount Hood Salmon & Mushroom Festival


 (Saturday) October 2nd, 2010  & (Sunday) October 3rd, 2010

Featuring ³Native American Salmon Bake²  (on both days),


 the “Mount Hood Scarecrow Championship”  (on both days)


 “Mount Hood Scarecrow Fashion Show” (on both days)

~ 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday/10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday~

    Mt. Hood Village, 65000 East U.S. Highway 26,

near the historic Village of Brightwood, Oregon

No Admission!  Free Parking!


    Two of the Northwest’s greatest bounties are the Salmon and Wild

Mushrooms, which are the honored celebrities at this festival, is featured

at this 17th annual event.  This two-day, family-oriented event is held

during the month of October to welcome home the return of the Salmon to the

streams of Oregonıs Mount Hood and the Wild Mushrooms to its forested

landscapes.  Featured is Native American storytelling, original Folk music,

arts and crafts, exhibits on Salmon and Wild Mushrooms (including Mushroom

identification), and great food.  There is a Native American Salmon bake and

Salmon Habitat Walks, and Wild Mushrooms on sale.  A scarecrow-making

contest will take place on both days.





26th Annual

Christmas Along The Barlow Trail


  (Saturday) December 4th, 2010 ~ “Oregon Trail Christmas Village” ~ 1 p.m.

to 4 p.m.

at the “Oregon Country Settlement” (a living history village)

73370 East Buggy Trail Drive

in the historic Village of Rhododendron, Oregon

[located behind the Still Creek Inn]

No Admission!  Free Parking!

   (Sunday) December 5th, 2010 ~ “Oregon Trail Heritage Tour” ~ 11 a.m. to 1


(carpool tour)

meet at “Stage Stop Road Interpretative Center”

24525 East Welches Road

(at the junction of East Welches Road and Stage Stop Road)

No Admission!  Free Parking!



    This 25th annual celebration is a free, festive gathering held on Mount

Hood that features two special events associated with the history of the

Oregon Trail, where it traversed around the Mountainıs southern flank.  Held

on Saturday during the day and late-Sunday morning a few  weeks before

Christmas, this is an event for the entire family.

    On Saturday afternoon, visitors will gather at the “Oregon Trail

Christmas Village” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Featured is a traditional holiday

festivity held at a pioneer village along a section of the Barlow Trail

[i.e., the Willamette Valley-bound emigrantıs route over the 1295-foot Mount

Hood] with re-enactors, dressed in period clothing, interpreting this Winter

holiday as it was in our past, making it an ideal event for adults and

children alike.  There will be traditional Christmas caroling, Folk music,

free Christmas goodies and hot drinks.  This is also an opportunity to shop

for unique historical and nature books, Huckleberry and other Wildberry

jams, and specialty products made from this wildland bounty that would be

ideal for gifts.., especially for those who are hard to buy for.  And,

naturally, Santa Claus will be there on duty from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.    The

main feature, however, is “Christmas Tales of Old Oregon” that begins at 2

p.m., which is a unique storytelling program that takes you from the days of

the Lewis & Clark Expedition at the rainy and cold Pacific Coast in 1805, to

the days of the Oregon Trail and pioneer settlement, and concluding on the

slopes of Mount Hood in the early 1900’s.

    The “Oregon Trail Heritage Tour” is held on Sunday between 11 a.m. and 1

p.m.  Historic sites and trail routes of Samuel Kimbrough Barlow’s route

over Mount Hood are visited.  From Toll Gate to pioneer campsites, graves,

and other places of interest are visited.  This free tour will be located

below the snow zone.  [SPECIAL NOTE:  This is a car-pool tour.  Dress for

the weather and please arrive on time.  A low-elevation snow will cancel

this event.]


11th Annual

Pioneer Harvest Feast

(volunteer appreciation dinner)


  (Saturday) December 4th, 2010 ~ 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

at the “Oregon Country Settlement” (a living history village)

73370 East Buggy Trail Drive

in the historic Village of Rhododendron, Oregon

Free to Cascade Geographic Society Members --- $15.00 Non-Members


    This annual dinner celebrates the efforts of the volunteers of the

Cascade Geographic Society.  It is a time to enjoy good food and company,

reflect back on the successes of the past year, and look forward to the next

twelve months.  And, of course, there are awards for those special efforts

that people have made to make dreams turn into reality.  Lots of fun!



For Further Information or for Updates,

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Cascade Geographic Society

€ Post Office Box 398 € Rhododendron, Oregon  97049 €

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